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Ellen Donnelly who is a United Nations Volunteer funded by Irish Aid, is serving at UNFPA in Sierra Leone. In this video she describes her assignment and how her work is contributing to the empowerment of marginalised and vulnerable young people in the country.


In case you missed it: Watch the AYV TV media coverage on how UNFPA and Aberdeen Women's Centre marked International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on 23 May 2018


Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved using contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility.

UNFPA Sierra Leone works to increase national capacity to strengthen enabling environments, increase demand for, and supply of, modern contraceptives and improve the delivery of high-quality family planning services that are free of coercion, discrimination and violence.  We focus on reaching the most vulnerable and delivering contraceptives to the last mile.


Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world with 1,360 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. One of the main cause of maternal deaths is postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding after delivery) which accounted for 33 per cent of all deaths.

Meet Desmond Ayodele Lewis, Sierra Leone’s highest blood donor, who is helping to save the lives of women and children. So far, he has donated 102 units of blood.

Desmond, a member of the Voluntary Blood Donor Association, speaks on the significance of donating blood. 

This interview is a follow-up to a week-long campaign in mid-November 2017, in four regions of Sierra Leone, organized by the  Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s – Blood Service Progamme, with support from UNFPA and funded by UK aid (DfID Saving Lives Programme). 


In August, UNFPA supported the 2017 National Girls Camp which was organized by the Office of the First Lady. The camp targets girls aged 10 – 19, providing them with information on their rights and responsibilities, and equipping them with the knowledge and tools to fulfill their potential.

Recently we caught up with one of the participants, 20-year-old Eunice Mustapha, to find out her thoughts on the camp and how it has had an impact on her life.



The 2015 Population and Housing Census data will help to reach national goals for the next 10 years.


Coverage of the UNFPA Sierra Leone launch of the State of World Population report at the Juba IDP camp on 17 October 2017. According to the State of World Population report entitled, 'Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality' which states unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and development.

The UNFPA report recommends focusing on the furthest behind first, in line with the United Nations blueprint for achieving sustainable development and inclusive societies by 2030. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has “envisaged a better future, one where we collectively tear down the barriers and correct disparities,” the report states. “Reducing all inequalities needs to be the aim. Some of the most powerful contributions can come from realizing...women’s reproductive rights.”

Child marriage is a severe violation of human rights and a serious form of child abuse. Global statistics report that every year approximately 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. The region of West and Central Africa has the highest prevalence rate of child marriage in Africa, and the world’s second highest prevalence rate (after South Asia)[1]. In Sierra Leone the picture is equally daunting. According to the Demographic Health Survey 2013, 28 percent of adolescents aged 15-19 years in Sierra Leone have begun childbearing, and 38.9 percent of 20-24 year olds were married before the age of 18.  Additionally, the survey revealed that maternal mortality in Sierra Leone is still one of the highest at 1,360 per 100,000 live births; teenage child bearing contributes to nearly one third (28 per cent) of all pregnancies nationwide; and 40 per cent of maternal deaths occur as a result of teenage pregnancy.
UNFPA and UNICEF are jointly implementing the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. The Global Programme approach recognises that ending child marriage will involve addressing complex socio-cultural and structural factors which contribute to child marriage over an extended period. 

Numerous people lost their lives, their homes and loved ones in the recent floods in Sierra Leone. Although, Samura Forna, our UNFPA gardener survived the floods, he tragically lost his daughter, two grand-children, son-in-law, cousin and his home.


In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.